We share 13 websites that kept us curious in 2015
Every month in Mollie Makes magazine we feature Websites to Watch. They can be anything from stationery designers, haberdasheries or online clothing stores – the craftier the better and if we bookmark a website we know it’s one to tell you about.
In 2015 we spotlighted these 13 websites, if you find a gem in here for you bookmark or pin it for later. If you have a website of your own or want to share your favourite sites with us, leave a link in the comments below or share them with us on social media.
Molly & The Wolf
What began as a diligent godmother on the hunt for imaginative presents has blossomed into a business. Molly & The Wolf stocks gifts any parent would be glad to see their kid unwrap – toys, clothing, books and décor, as well as Wolf’s Craft Club, a monthly craft subscription for kids ‘who like to get their paws dirty’. www.mollyandthewolf.com
Got a New Year to-stitch list as long as your arm? You’ll be needing some new supplies then. Craft Cloud is packed with all the hand-stitching materials you’ll ever need. Find everything from embroidery thread and patterns to 100% wool felt (in 45 colours no less) on its fluffy cloud-like shelves. One for your bookmarks: www.cloudcraft.co.uk
It just celebrated its 10th birthday with a brand new website (congrats!) and now in true Aussie celebratory style, Made 590 has packed its shelves with heaps of vibrant new garments, accessories and gifts − for guys, gals and colourful homes. You’re going to fall in love with this fruity beauty, trust us. www.made590.com.au
It all began in Los Angeles, in 1985, when Meredithe (whose childhood nickname was Meri Meri) sat at her kitchen table making cards with glitter and glue. Fast-forward 25 years and you’ll find her heading up a 20-strong team in her Cheltenham studio, creating award-winning stationery, party supplies and gifts. www.merimeri.com
From smiling lions to juggling clowns, Marmalademudpie & Me’s colourful toybox of critters is the brainchild of surface designer and illustrator Nina Judge. Her cheery vintage-inspired furnishings and prints are appearing at the PULSE trade show in May (and hopefully gift shops near you, soon!) www.marmalademudpieme.bigcartel.com
Turning art collecting on its head (literally!) Le Collektor is changing up streetwear by adding artworks to everyone’s favourite weekend gear: the humble hoodie! The art-loving trio behind this innovative brand have created moveable galleries that walk, skate and ride around New York City − that’s our kind of art market. www.lecollektor.com
Creatures & Features
On a mission to ‘fight for kids’ creativity,’ the passionate folk behind the Neve / Hawk ethical kids clothing brand have come up trumps with their latest creation: Creatures & Features. Take a blank monster face T-shirt and turn it into a piece of wearable art by ironing on a selection of facial features. Yay for making! www.creaturesandfeatures.me
Cloth & Candy
Brand new online fabric emporium Cloth & Candy is serious about pattern and print. With an emphasis on quality and superb print design, founder Farzana Chowdhury is our kind of fabric-hoarding, print-loving gal. If she doesn’t like it, she won’t stock it. Get that kid-in-a-candy(cloth)-store feeling at www.clothandcandy.co.uk
It’s official, we heart London based designer, Katie Leamon’s hand printed stationery and prints. And, we’re not the only ones to have spotted her talent! You’ll now find her designs in Selfridges, Harrods and Anthropologie too. Katie has designed a special set of papers just for Mollie readers this month – turn to page 67. www.katieleamon.com
acorn & will
Set up by vintage lover Danielle as a way of sharing her love of all things kitsch, this online store is a treasure trove of fun and affordable retro goodies. The site should probably come with a warning – trust us you’ll want everything on there – but then with most things coming in under £10, life’s too short to not to treat yourself. www.acornandwill.co.uk
Hip Little People
Why is it that some kids’ clothes are so covetable? So cute? Inspired by Scandinavian design, beach holidays and street culture, Hip Little People features just such a range of clothing and products for under sevens, sourced locally and from around the world, focusing on original style and great design. Yep, still jealous. www.hiplittlepeople.com
While wallpaper featuring cars, containers and robots may sound not-our-kind-of industrial, somehow the designers at Studio Ditte find a way to soften them up (copious amounts of mint and green help). These motifs – plus buttons, birdhouses and butterflies – feature on bed linen, homewares and even kids’ clothing. www.studioditte.com
Kawaii meets copper tones at Stormy Knight. It’s an unlikely combination but one that works, with Bristol-based illustrator Sarah Knight combining her love of animals – including naughty cats and angry seagulls – and silkscreen printing to create the cutest cards, gifts and wrapping paper.
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